We are proud to announce that LitWorld's Executive Director, Pam Allyn, received the 2013 Literacy Champion Award from Scholastic. This honor was presented to Pam at the Scholastic Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Symposium. Earlier in the day, Pam delivered a keynote speech to an audience of educators. Her presentation was a powerful statement of specific strategies for connecting with families and caregivers while reaffirming the wonderful essence of children and who they are and why we do what we do around literacy. The audience was moved at the simple reminder of how the deep, true love they feel for their own children is the same love felt by all parents toward their children, no matter the challenges faced or the harshness of their environment.
Also honored as a Literacy Champion was Dr. Karen Mapp, a senior lecturer at Harvard and the author and coauthor of several articles and books about the role of families and community members in the work of student achievement and school improvement.